In my blog post What Are My Priorities I covered my five-step process for turning a thought into a tangible action, in order of priority. Step four was the creation of the To Do List and step five was the actions that you take with that list to ensure you work on the priority actions. Let me introduce you to the M.O.N.E.Y List:
M is for Money
You have an article that you need to write for a magazine and they are going to pay you $100 for publishing it.
You need to complete an application for a job and the deadline date is the 2nd March.
In my system for determining priority, all actions that fall into these two categories make up the “M” list. These actions become my top end priority and let me make this crystal clear.
I DO NOT WORK ON ANYTHING ELSE OUTSIDE OF THIS LIST, UNTIL THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS LIST
O is for Objective
N is for Nice to Have
E is for Entrust
Y is for Yank
Each Sunday when I complete my Thinking Journal Weekly Round Up I go through my list using this process as my method of prioritising my actions for the week ahead. I offload actions to people I trust, then I plan work on any items in the “M” list and only plan outside of this list if I run out of “M” type actions. I find by using this system I am always working towards my goals, getting through my most important tasks quickly whilst simultaneously earning M.O.N.E.Y.
As I have previously written, the inspiration behind the blog posts that cover personal continuous improvement all stem from The Thinking Journal blog post. This blog post is part of my process of personal continuous improvement hence its place on the Needy Helper.